Suunto Oy (Vantaa, Finland) announced that TactoTek has been awarded the mass production contract for the Suunto Movesense smart connector, an injection molded structural electronic (IMSE) product that is part of the Suunto Movesense platform. TactoTek will manufacture the smart connector in its Oulu, Finland, factory.
Movesense can track anything that moves: It is a physical toolkit and open development environment for motion sensing that enables professionals and hobbyists to create movement measuring apps that unlock a whole new level of motion tracking.
“The connector is a key part of the Movesense platform that integrates into garments, shoes, sports equipment and even dog collars, among other items. It provides context information about specific activities being tracked to improve data richness and quality,” stated Terho Lahtinen, Head of Marketing at Movesense. “TactoTek’s technology enables the smart connector to be thin and flexible, making it easy to integrate and withstand harsh environments, including full submersion and many washing machine cycles, for a lifetime of reliable performance.”
The connector includes printed electronics and a silicon chip that provides a context-specific profile based on where it is integrated and the motion being tracked.
|The smart connector is a key part of the Movesense platform that integrates into garments, shoes, sports equipment and even dog collars. It contextualizes motion ativity to improve data richness and quality.|
“With Movesense, Suunto has reimagined motion tracking in a way that will transform the market by delivering a platform easily optimized for different activities and making it simple for other companies and hobbyists to build their own applications,” noted Jussi Harvela, CEO of TactoTek. “They have created a platform that accelerates innovation. We at TactoTek are very excited to supply this part of the Movesense solution.”
TactoTek develops IMSE technology that integrates printed circuitry and electronic components into 3D injection molded plastics. Leading use cases include in-vehicle applications, home/industrial appliances and wearable technology. TactoTek adapts customer designs to IMSE, develops mass production–ready prototypes and mass produces or licenses the technology for third-party mass production, said TactoTek.
Suunto produces premium sports watches, instruments and dive computers that have been tested in the world’s harshest conditions. The company also developed the Suunto Smart Sensor, the smallest Bluetooth-compatible heart-rate sensor on the market.